The overhaul of the computer system that manages the finances of the state's health insurance program has been delayedagain.
The Medicaid Management Information System was scheduled to be finished in January, but officials long ago determined it could not be completed until March. This month, the contractor, Electronic Data Systems Corp., of Plano, Texas, said they would be finished in June.
State officials were unsure the new deadline can be met.
"We remain very skeptical, and we're going to hold their feet to the fire," said Jason Helgerson, the state Medicaid director. "And we're going to make sure that before we move this date, we want to move it only one more time."
Helgerson blamed the contractor for the delays.
Electronic Data spokesman Bill Ritz said the company was confident it could finish by June 16 if the state didn't make further changes. Such changes are expected because Gov. Jim Doyle wants to expand Medicaid to more people.
The project was first expected to cost $32.3 million, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported in July costs had risen by about 29%, or $9.3 million, because of new rules and laws governing Medicaid, the state and federal healthcare program for the poor, elderly and disabled.